Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Tom Gordon will represent the National League in the all-star game, happening Tuesday, July 11. Bobby Abreu is one of five players vying for the final spot among the Internet fan vote.
It's one of the worst seasons in years, yet the Phillies could send as many as four players to the all-star game.
Utley, making his first all-star appearance, will start at second base and was first among fan votes at his position. As Jim Salisbury points out this morning, he is the first Phillies second baseman to make the team since Mariano Duncan in 1994. Utley edged out Houston’s Craig Biggio by 184,022 votes. Biggio did not make the team as a reserve. Florida’s Dan Uggla got the nod at second instead.
Howard and Gordon both made the team as reserves. Howard, who leads the league in homers, finished second behind Albert Pujols on the players’ ballot. Gordon, rated one of the best relievers in baseball, was first among NL relievers.
Abreu, baseball's leader in walks and on-base percentage, is trying for his second-consecutive all-star appearance.
The Mets are represented by four starters in Paul Lo Duca, Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran. Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez will pitch. Billy Wagner will battle with Abreu, Milwaukee’s Chris Capuano, San Diego’s Chris Young and Los Angeles’ Nomar Garciaparra for the final spot on the Internet ballot. Vote Abreu.
Atlanta sends three reserves in Edgar Renteria, Andruw Jones and Brian McCann. Washington sends Alfonso Soriano as a starting outfielder. First baseman Nick Johnson was an all-star snub. Miguel Cabrera joins teammate Uggla as a reserve at third base.
National League starters
|1B||Albert Pujols, STL||R/R||26||5|
|2B||Chase Utley, PHI||L/R||27||1|
|3B||David Wright, NYM||R/R||23||1|
|SS||Jose Reyes, NYM||S/R||23||1|
|C||Paul Lo Duca, NYM||R/R||34||4|
|OF||Jason Bay, PIT||R/R||27||2|
|OF||Carlos Beltran, NYM||S/R||29||3|
|OF||Alfonso Soriano, WSH||R/R||30||5|
National league pitchers
|SP||Brandon Webb, ARI||R/R||27||1|
|SP||Carlos Zambrano, CHC||S/R||25||2|
|SP||Bronson Arroyo, CIN||R/R||29||1|
|SP||Brad Penny, LAD||R/R||28||1|
|SP||Tom Glavine, NYM||L/L||40||10|
|SP||Pedro Martinez, NYM||R/R||34||8|
|SP||Chris Carpenter, STL||R/R||31||2|
|SP||Jason Schmidt, SF||R/R||33||3|
|RP||Brian Fuentes, COL||L/L||30||2|
|RP||Derrick Turnbow, MIL||R/R||28||1|
|RP||Tom Gordon, PHI||R/R||38||3|
|RP||Trevor Hoffman, SD||R/R||38||5|
National league reserves
|1B||Lance Berkman, HOU||S/L||30||4|
|1B||Ryan Howard, PHI||L/L||26||1|
|2B||Dan Uggla, FLA||R/R||26||1|
|3B||Miguel Cabrera, FLA||R/R||23||3|
|3B||Freddy Sanchez, PIT||R/R||28||1|
|3B||Scott Rolen, STL||R/R||31||5|
|SS||Edgar Renteria, ATL||R/R||30||5|
|C||Brian McCann, ATL||L/R||22||1|
|OF||Andruw Jones, ATL||R/R||29||5|
|OF||Matt Holliday, COL||R/R||26||1|
|OF||Carlos Lee, MIL||R/R||29||2|
Final man candidates
|1B||Nomar Garciaparra, LAD||R/R||32||5|
|OF||Bobby Abreu, PHI||L/R||32||2|
|P||Chris Capuano, MIL||L/L||27||0|
|P||Billy Wagner, NYM||L/L||34||4|
|P||Chris Young, SD||R/R||27||0|
Click here for the American League roster.